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BBC to monitor weather map storm
New BBC weather map
The new weather map shows the UK from a southern perspective
The BBC has promised to keep an eye on its new weather map amid a political storm over the way it shows Scotland.

The Scottish National Party complained to the corporation about the way the 3D graphic depicted Scotland.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil said the TV map's southerly perspective makes it difficult for those in remoter parts to receive an accurate forecast.

The BBC has said it will continue to monitor complaints and examine any potential improvements to the map.

A BBC spokesman said: "Recent audience research shows 69% of those surveyed either preferred the new weather system or like it as much as the old forecasts.

This is a victory for people in all parts of Scotland who made clear their feelings to the BBC
Angus MacNeil

"That said, we welcome the comments and recognise that there have been viewers who have raised concerns about the system.

"This is the first major change to the BBC weather since 1985 so it is important to allow viewers time to adjust to seeing a different style of forecast.

"We are continuing to monitor feedback and if there are opportunities to improve aspects of the system - such as the perspective - we will examine these carefully."

However, the SNP claims the corporation had committed to fixing the perspective problems in a letter responding to Mr MacNeil's complaint. .

Angus MacNeil SNP MSP for Western Isles
Angus MacNeil said the map was daft and distorted

Mr MacNeil welcomed the decision and said: "I am delighted that the BBC has now confirmed that they are rethinking their new weather map.

"This is a victory for people in all parts of Scotland who made clear their feelings to the BBC.

"People do not like the loss of information about wind speeds and air pressure, information which is crucial for those who make a living outdoors."

Mr MacNeil made his complaint as part of his first Early Day Motion in Westminster as an MP when he called on the BBC to rethink its new weather graphic.

He said England had a landmass which is less than twice Scotland's area.

But recent changes give England a presence on the TV screen which is 10 times that of Scotland, he said.

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